A Short Biography
When I was an undergraduate in Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), I did many ethnographic projects on peoples and cultures in Hong Kong. The topics of my field studies include the invented tradition of a Chinese Temple, mahjong and Chinese identity, cultural heritage preservation, religion and its impacts on education system, and the cultural politics of ethnic minorities. These research experiences exposed me to the diversity of cultural lifeways, in which I grow my deep-seeded interest in sociocultural anthropology.
From 2006 to 2008, I did my M.Phil in sociocultural anthropology, also at CUHK. My Master's dissertation research has led me to an ethnographic study of the Punjabi Sikhs, a minority group which comprises less than one per cent of the total population in Hong Kong. My first encounter with the Sikhs was, however, not in Hong Kong. The first time I came to know the Sikh community was during my visit at Washington DC in the summer of 2005, in which I attended a special exhibition of the Sikh heritage at the National Museum of Natural History. This visit, I guess, has subconsciously sublimed to my decision to undertake a longitudinal study of the Sikhs in Hong Kong, a local minority group which has not been systematically studied.
I am currently working on a project that examines the transnational business practices among Indian merchants in mainland China, Hong Kong, India, and Middle Eastern countries. The study takes account of the economic and social capitals that the transnational networks engendered and the processes by which the Indian attempt to establish themselves as a successful business community in today's China. For more information, please go to my D.Phil research.